Big Big Table Awarded 2024 Community Café of the Year

Buffalo’s Big Big Table came away with an impressive award at the 15th Annual One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) Summit of Community Cafés. For anyone that has been following the progress of Big Big Table, this award should come as no surprise.

It wasn’t that long ago – 2016 in fact – that the Big Big Table committee was still hosting local fundraisers in hopes of opening a brick and mortar location. After raising over $50,000, Big Big Table – part of a larger national movement called One World Everybody Eats – opened its doors at 272 Hudson Street on the city’s West Side. The goal of the community café was to feed anyone and everyone that walked through its door.

Coming away with the 2024 Community Café of the Year, it’s easy to see that Big Big Table has not only fulfilled but exceeded its community-minded goal of being Buffalo’s first pay-as-you-can café.

The 2024 Community Café of the Year award at the 15th Annual One World Everybody Eats (OWEE) Summit of Community Cafés

All three Big Big Table staff members attended the OWEE Summit in Milwaukee, WI., including Stephanie Smith, the café’s Board President and member of the founding team.

“We love being a part of a national network of peers committed to this unique pay-as-you-can community café model,” said Smith. “Bringing this to life in Buffalo has been an incredible journey. We are so proud to now be in our third year of sharing community, thanks to our diners, staff, volunteers, funders, and partners. Our guests enjoy more than a healthy, affordable meal—they experience connection. Special thank you to the Ruth Huppuch Memorial Fund for sponsoring our team’s participation in this year’s conference.”

Winning the award is one thing. Serving approximately 6,000 healthy meals within the last year is another. Everyone deserves a healthy meal. Being able to support someone that can’t afford a healthy meal is an admirable mission for a nonprofit community café. Buffalo is lucky to have such a diligent support system in place, which was uplifted by the community, for the community.

Big Big Table is open to all of WNY’s community and you can check out their lunch offerings on weekdays, 11:00am – 2:30pm. If you are interested in supporting Big Big Table you can by coming in for lunch, volunteering for a café shift, becoming a food or coffee partner, or donating via their website. More information on Big Big Table and how to get involved can be found at

Lead image: A Big Big Table open house in 2021 @ the 272 Hudson Street café

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